Dell Latitude Rugged Reports for Hazard Duty

Introducing the Latitude 7220EX Rugged Extreme Tablet

No different to other industries, the Agriculture, Chemical, Manufacturing and Oil & Gas sectors are undergoing a digital transformation. There’s a demand to train more skilled workers in these fields, along with a growing desire – and often regulatory need – to continuously modernize equipment so that engineers and field workers can operate safely and efficiently. Reliable, durable Dell Rugged devices are often a must have in these specialist roles. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics[i], workers in the Oil & Gas extraction industry continue to be one of the groups at the highest risk of injuries and fatalities on the job.

When discussing Dell Rugged and challenging environments, we are not just talking about extreme temperatures or risk of drops, we have customers around the world that work in hazardous environments daily. Many customers encounter flammable components, with gases, vapors and combustible dusts increasing the risk of dangerous explosions. Examples include scientists, energy engineers and oil rig workers – not forgetting those operating industrial machinery and technicians responsible for delivering fuel to gas stations.

Recognizing the importance of rugged devices in this equation, we are giving engineers around the world a new tool in their arsenal: the Latitude 7220EX Rugged Extreme Tablet with ATEX and IECEx certification for use in potentially explosive environments.

Latitude 7220EX Rugged Extreme Tablet

Dell customers in North America and Canada can expect to see Class 1, div 2 certifications on the existing Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme tablet in the coming months. With these additional ATEX and IECEx certifications which meet EU and International standards respectively, the Latitude 7220EX Rugged Extreme tablet will make it easier for customers to procure and deploy one platform across various regions.

The Latitude 7220EX Rugged Extreme is a powerful and high-performing 11.6” fully-rugged tablet featuring the brightest-screen in an ATEX-certified tablet, for use in potentially explosive environments[ii]. It includes a 1000-nit screen, which increases direct sunlight viewability, and also offers glove-touch capacity. To balance the security of the device with user accessibility, the Latitude 7220EX Rugged Extreme features a built-in infrared camera with “Windows Hello” facial recognition and an optional next-generation fingerprint reader.

Dell has a long, established history in the Oil & Gas, Chemicals, Manufacturing and Energy sectors – this will expand with the introduction of Latitude 7220EX Rugged Extreme.  We speak with customers daily and know there is demand for this tablet as part of broader digital transformation projects around the world.

The oil sector continues to make huge strides to modernize their operations, ensuring that their rugged devices connect with broadband networks, analytics, and back office applications to create a robust operational infrastructure to support what really matters most – working to ensure the safety of their employees and the environment.

It is against this backdrop that the Dell Latitude 7220EX Rugged Extreme Tablet is designed to offer intrinsic safety, military-grade durability, and productivity, even in potentially explosive environments.

[i] U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary, 2017

[ii] Based on Dell analysis comparing peak brightness, November 2019.

Tom Tobul.

About the Author: Tom Tobul

Tom is the Vice President and General Manager for the Performance PCs portfolio of products at Dell Technologies. This portfolio includes the Precision workstations, XPS notebooks and Dell Rugged product lines. Tom is responsible for end to end management as well as ensuring the health of these lines of business including brand and portfolio strategy, business performance (e.g. Revenue, Units and Margin), product planning and product management as well as the brand promise of value. Prior to joining Dell in 2015, Tom held numerous executive positions in the IT industry with a focus on Product Management across hardware, software and service offerings. Tom has traveled extensively and has been on international assignment twice. He spent two years in Paris, France as Commercial Brand Manager for EMEA. In 2006 he lived in Beijing, China for one year while creating a worldwide product management team. Tom holds a B. S. degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and earned his MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.